Editor’s Note: Some town fireworks displays are still TBA. If we receive information about scheduled fireworks, we will add them to the post. To quickly search for a particular event, just hold “ctrl + F” and search for your town’s name. Or, just click on a county link below to jump to your relevant section.
Every year, American families come together to celebrate Independence Day by setting off fireworks. John Adams, one of the founding fathers, envisioned fireworks as part of the festivities to represent the birth of a new nation. On July 4, 1777, Congress gathered in Philadelphia’s Independence Square and celebrated with bonfires, bells, and fireworks. That tradition quickly passed on to other cities and towns, where people added picnics, games, contests, and military displays to the celebration. In 1870, Congress marked Independence Day as an official holiday.
Today, Americans continue to pass on the tradition each year to feel the true magic of what it means to be an American. When we sit under the stars and watch the fireworks, it reminds us all of what this country stands for.
Here’s our list of the 2018 fireworks happening in Connecticut, separated county by county. We’ll continue to add more information as it comes through, so let us know if you spot anything that has since changed, or if you know of a fireworks show that we missed!
Danbury will have two fireworks displays this year. On Saturday, June 30, The Danbury Fire Department will host fireworks at Candlewood Lake. Fireworks will begin between 8:30pm to 9pm. You can watch at Danbury Town Park or by boat. Click here for boating guidelines. SummerStage is hosting their annual fireworks show at the Danbury Fair Mall on Friday, July 6 starting at 6pm. Families can enjoy food trucks and much more in the mall’s back parking lot. The rain date is Monday, July 9. Link for more information.
In Bridgeport, the BarnumPalooza fireworks show will take place on Sunday, July 1 at Seaside Park. Fireworks will begin around 9pm. Admission is free. Click here for more information.
The town of Stratford will hold its Fourth of July Fireworks display on July 3 at 7pm. The event will take place at Short Beach Park.
The town of Greenwich will host two Fourth of July Fireworks Displays on Saturday, July 7, at Binney Park and Greenwich Point Park. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
Darien’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Display is on Saturday, July 7 at Darien High School. Check here for more updates on time and other details.
The Redding Historical Society will host the 3rd annual Rock’n Roots Revival Fireworks Display on Saturday, June 30 . The event will be located at Lonetown Farm on 43 Lonetown Road. The event is from 12pm to 10pm, starting off with pie contests, kids games, all day food, and the Sestercentennial Fireworks show. Admissions for fireworks is $20, students under 18 with ID is $10, children under 12 are free. Fireworks only parking is $20 per car at the Redding Community Center, after 7:30pm. Fireworks will begin at 9:45. Rain date will be on Sunday, July 1. For more information, visit their Website.
The town of Fairfield will celebrate its annual Independence Day Fireworks show on Monday, July 2nd at Penfield and Jennings Beach. Fireworks will be shot off from Long Island Sound around 9:15pm. Live performances begin at 6pm to 8:45pm. There is limited parking at both beach parking lots, you can enter with a season beach pass or purchase at admissions for $50 per vehicle. Alcohol is not permitted into either beaches and grills will be provided. Rain dates are July 3. For more information on parking, please visit the Town of Fairfield website.
The Independence Day Fireworks Celebration is sponsored by the Westport Police Athletic League on Monday, July 2. The event will be held at Compo Beach on 60 Compo Beach Road. Tickets are $35.00 per car, and can be purchased at the Westport Police Department and Westport Parks and Recreation office. The rain date will be Tuesday, July 3.
The Wilton 4th of July celebration will take place at Wilton High School on Wednesday, July 4. The day will begin at 8:30am with the Freedom Run 5k Road Race. The day will end with the fireworks show beginning at approximately 9:30pm. Other various events planned by the Wilton Parks and Recreation Department will take place throughout the day and are TBA.
The Rowayton Civic Association will be lighting off their fireworks on Bayley Beach Wednesday, July 4 at 9:15pm. Parking for Bayley Beach will be according to daytime rules. Vehicles with a Bayley Beach sticker will be admitted, non-residents will be charged $40 for a Special Events Parking Fee.
The city of Norwalk Recreation and Park will host the Independence Day Fireworks display on Tuesday, July 3. Concerts will begin with the kids show “The Amazing Andy Show” at 5:30pm and continue with DJ Nuzzo and BonJourney until sundown, when the fireworks show will begin. Cars without a Norwalk resident pass will be charged a parking fee of $30 per car. For more information, please visit this link.
Weston will be presenting the “Weston’s Family 4th of July Celebration”. On Wednesday July 4 Weston Parks and Recreation and Fairfield County Bank will be holding this celebration at Weston Middle School field. Gates will open at 4:30pm and the night will be filled with food trucks and entertainment.The fireworks are set to be displayed at 9:20pm. For more information view their flyer here.
The town of New Canaan will host its 38th Annual Family Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration on Wednesday, July 4. The event will take place at Waveny Park at 5pm. Expect loads of fun family activities going on as well. You must require an event pass to enter the park by car or foot. The pass fee is $35 for residents, visit New Canaan’s site for more information.
Ridgefield’s 4th of July celebration kicks off on Wednesday, July 4 at 6pm at Ridgefield High School. The event will have food and entertainment and will feature a fireworks show. Parking passes will be $20 and can be purchased at Ridgefield Town Hall or Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit Ridgefield’s site.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 484 and Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. will host this year’s 18th Annual Fireworks/Beach Party celebration on Saturday, June 30 from 12pm to 9pm. Expect to enjoy food vendors, music, and live entertainment. There will be limited parking beginning at 9pm, Cosey Beach Avenue will be closed. The rain date is scheduled for Monday, July 2.
The 2018 Quaker Farms Fire Co. Annual Carnival is normally held the last week of June, but will be moving to August this year, due to students still being in school. The Carnival will be held from August 15-18 at Quaker Farms School. There will be two chances to see fireworks during these new dates on the 15th and 17th at 9:45pm. For more information visit the Quaker Farms Fire Department website. .
The Hamden Volunteer Firefighters partners with the Town of Hamden to host Hamden’s 25th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Display on Friday, June 29. The event will be located at Town Center Park on 2761 Dixwell Avenue. Rain date is Saturday, June 30. For more information on the event and fundraising, visit their website.
The town of Milford is hosting its annual Third Annual Kick Off to Summer – Fireworks Event on Saturday, June 30 from 4-11:30pm. The fireworks show will begin at 9:15pm. The event will feature musical performances, food trucks, and a fireworks extravaganza at Milford’s Lisman Landing on Helwig Street. Visit this link for more information.
The town of Orange is presenting Orange’s Independence Day and Fireworks Display on Sunday, July 1 at the Orange Fairgrounds on 525 Orange Center Road. The event will be held from 6:30pm to 10pm, featuring The British Invasion Years, performing covers of classic bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Fireworks will start at 9:30pm. Admissions is free but a $5 parking donation is suggested that will go to the Orange Little League. Rain date is July 2nd.For more information, please visit their website.
Beacon Falls – TBA
The Naugatuck Park and Recreation Department will host its annual July Fireworks Celebration on Tuesday, July 3 beginning at 6pm. The evening will include family activities, food and entertainment on Old Firehouse Road in downtown Naugatuck. Fireworks will start at 9:15pm, and the rain date is Friday, July 6. Visit this link for more information on the event.
The town of Madison will host its annual Independence Day Fireworks display on Tuesday, July 3 at 9:30pm. Fireworks are visible from Madison Surf Club, East Wharf Beach and West Wharf Beach. Admission is free but donations are suggested. The free shuttle bus service is encouraged, parking is not allowed on West Wharf and Surf Club Road. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Friday, July 6. For more parking information, visit this website.
The town of Derby will have its annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Display on Tuesday, July 3 at around 8pm in downtown Derby/ Shelton. (Editor’s Note from Tim: This is one of the best fireworks shows in all of CT, because you get to watch Derby and Shelton “compete” from opposite sides of the river. It’s a blast, no pun intended. Prime viewing is usually done on Bridge Street.)
On Tuesday, July 3 the Savin Rock Fireworks Spectacular will host the region’s largest Independence Day fireworks display starting 9:15pm at Bradley Point Park. “Connecticut’s premier party band” Off the Hook, will be playing at the Savin Rock bandstand from 6:30 to 9pm. The rain date is Thursday, July 5.
The city of Meriden will hold its Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on Tuesday, July 3, around 9:15pm. The event will take place at Hubbard Park on 999 W Main St.
The Quassy Amusement Park will host its Annual 3D Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 4. Fireworks begin at 10:15pm over lake Quassapaug, special viewing glasses will be sold to benefit Healthy Eyes Alliance. For more information on how to plan your visit, go to Quassy’s website.
Celebrate New Haven’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show will be held at Wilbur Cross High School,with fireworks from East Rock Park on Wednesday, July 4th around 9 pm.
The town of Guilford will host its annual fireworks celebration at the Guilford Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 7. There will be a community picnic at the Guilford Green, from 4pm to 7pm. After the picnic, spectators will head over to the Guilford Fair Grounds for firework festivities from 7pm to 10pm. For more information, please visit the Facebook page.
The Hartford Yard Goats will offer post game fireworks displays at Dunkin Donuts Park after every home Saturday night game. They will also have a special Fourth of July celebration for their game on July 4. Check the Hartford Yard Goats schedule for available tickets, dates, the team’s opponents and game start times.
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will kick off summer with the 2018 Mountain Music Festival and Independence Day Celebration on Friday, June 29 at 7:30pm program will include patriotic music and a grand fireworks display at the end of the concert. To buy tickets, visit the Hartford Symphony Orchestra event schedule. The rain date is scheduled for Saturday, June 30.
Join the Manchester Fireworks and Chicken Festival on Saturday, July 7 starting at 5pm to celebrate the 35th edition of the James “Dutch” Fogarty Independence Day Celebration. The event will held at the Bicentennial Band Shell at Manchester Community College. Families can expect children’s games, music, food and then a fireworks display at 9:30pm. Tickets for the BBQ are on sale now for $10 at the Town Hall Customer Service and Information Center, open Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm. The scheduled rain date is Sunday, July 8.
On Wednesday, July 4, at Stanley Quarter Park check out The Great American Boom Festival. The festival will feature live entertainment, food vendors, from 5 to 9pm. Singer Latanya Farrell will be performing live at 6pm. Fireworks are set to kick off at 9:15pm.
The New Britain Bees are offering 11 post game fireworks displays after every Saturday night home game from Saturday, July 1 to Saturday, September 9 at the New Britain Stadium. Games begin at 6:35pm and conclude with fireworks. For more information on available tickets, dates, team opponents, and game start times, visit their 2018 schedule.
The annual Windsor Locks Fire Department Carnival will host a fireworks display on Friday, June 29 at 9:30pm. The carnival is scheduled from June 28-30 at Veterans Memorial Park on Southwest Avenue.
The Enfield 4th of July Celebration will be on Sunday, July 8th at the Town Green. Expect to witness the largest fireworks display in Northern Connecticut from “America’s First Family of Fireworks.” Fireworks will begin at 9:45pm. A free shuttle bus service will run between the Enfield Square Mall and Enfield Town Green. No coolers, pets, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades or fireworks allowed. For more information, visit their website.
The town of Newington will host The 37th Annual Life. Be in it. Extravaganza on Saturday, July 21 at Mill Pond Park in Newington, Connecticut. The event will begin for 10am to 10pm. Admission and parking is free, and the event will feature arts and crafts, food vendors, all-day entertainment on stage, beer garden, organized activities, carnival rides, and more. Fireworks will start around 9:30pm. For more information, visit Newington’s website.
The Coventry Fest will hold a fireworks display on Saturday, June 30 on Coventry Lake at Patriots Park. For more information, visit their website.
The Stafford Motor Speedway is hosting an Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks on July 5th. Stafford Motor Speedway is located on 55 West Street. For more information on available tickets, visit their website.
Join the town of Vernon for its July in the Sky fireworks celebration on Tuesday, July 10 beginning at 6pm. Rain date is scheduled for July 11. The event will take place at Henry Park and Downtown Rockville and fireworks will go off around 9:00 pm. Expect some fun pre-fireworks activities at both Henry and Rockville park. Dogs are allowed to attend at your own risk. Police officials warn the public that the Lafayette area of Route 30 will become very busy as hundreds of spectators gather around in that area.
The city of Middletown will host its Fireworks Festival on Saturday, July 7 from 5pm to 10pm. There will also be musical performances at City Hall Lawn on 245 Dekoven Drive from 6pm to 10pm. Then watch fireworks over the river! Click here for more information.
This year, the Connecticut River Expeditions will host its annual Search for Fireworks Sunset Cruise on Wednesday, July 4. Although, there are no scheduled fireworks, guests will search for fireworks along the edge of the river. The cruise will depart at 8pm and return around 10pm. Tickets are $40 per person, do not bring children under age 12. Bring a picnic basket and relax under the stars. Make reservations at this website.
Westbrook – TBA
The town of Portland will hold its fireworks display on Saturday, July 14 at Portland High School on High Street. Fireworks will begin around 9:30pm.
The Norwich Fireworks Committee is hosting Fourth of July fireworks on the Norwich Harbor at Howard Brown Park on Friday, July 6. Expect a fun evening filled with food trucks and a fantastic fireworks display with friends and family. If you’re interested in a less crowded evening, you can purchase tickets for a rooftop fireworks display event. Tickets are $10 per person, parking is not included. Rain date is July 8. For more information, visit the Norwich Fireworks Facebook.
The town of Stonington will hold its annual Independence Day celebration on July 4 at Mystic Seaport on the Village Green. Residents are also invited to join the Sailfest Annual Fireworks Extravaganza in New London on Saturday, July 14 at 9pm. For more information, visit this website.
New London’s firework display will be part of the Sailfest Annual Fireworks Extravaganza on Saturday, July 14 at the Hygienic Art Park from noon to 9pm. Fireworks will start at approximately 9pm and will be choreographed to music on K-Hits 100.9 FM. Visit Sailfest website for more information.
East Lyme will hold its 18th Annual Celebrate East Lyme event on Saturday, July 21 from 3pm to 9pm. The event will take place at Niantic Main Street, spectators can expect to enjoy food, live music, business vendors, family activities, and a spectacular fireworks display by the sea. Click here to read more about it.
The town of Groton will hold its annual Fort Griswold Celebration on the Thames on Saturday, July 14. A viewing of the Sailfest fireworks display will begin at about 9:30.
Bozrah – TBA
The town of Lebanon will host its 19th Annual Summer Fest on July 7 from 4:30pm to 10:30pm at the Lebanon Town Green. The event will feature local musicians, activities for kids, food and drinks, and a huge fireworks display around 9:00 pm. Click here for more information.
Salem – TBA
The town of Killingly will hold its Red, White, and Blue BBQ & Fireworks on Friday, June 29 from 5pm to 10pm at Owen Bell Park. Chicken and BBQ is from 5:30 to 7pm and you must pre-purchase tickets. Fireworks will begin at 9:15pm. Rain date is Friday, July 6. Click here for more information.
New Milford Parks and Recreations will hold Fourth of July Fireworks on Saturday, July 7 on the Town Green. Festivities will begin around 5pm and fireworks will be set off around 9:30pm. Rain date is scheduled for Friday, July 27 with fireworks only. For more information, visit their website.
The Salisbury Rotary Club will hold the annual Independence Day Fireworks display on Saturday, June 30 at Lime Rock Park on 60 White Hollow Rd, Lakeville, CT. The Salisbury Rotary Club will collect admission from all guests, proceeds will go to local scholarships, community gifts and international service projects. Gates will open at 6pm, bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets. For more information, please check out their website.
Did We Miss Any?
If we did, just let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to get the list updated. Feedback is always appreciated! Happy Fourth of July, Connecticut!